KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 7, 2008 – In an effort to test the response time and operational readiness of its personnel, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) will conduct a full-scale mock disaster exercise on Tuesday, April 8.
The drill will involve a wide range of activities, including both live-action training as well as table top exercises. Activities will include pre- and post-hurricane scenarios that will be handled with the same intensity as real-life incidents.
A team of evaluators will be on the scene to observe the strengths and weaknesses of the utility. These observations will be shared with utility management in a post debriefing.
“One of the primary goals for us is to learn where our shortfalls are,” said Jef Gray, vice president of information technology and this year’s drill coordinator. “We want to identify them now so they can be addressed prior to the start of hurricane season.”
The drill will not impact normal utility operations.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. The nation’s top hurricane forecaster, Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University, is predicting 13 named storms this year, with seven of those becoming hurricanes.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent